American Memory Timeline http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpedu/features/timeline/
Primary sources for seven time periods of United States history
are provided at this site covering 1783-1968. Each period is subdivided
into various topics and contains an overview. Included are images,
letters, lyrics, interviews, and more.
American Treasures of the Library of Congress http://lcweb.loc.gov/exhibits/treasures/
An unprecedented permanent exhibition of the rarest, most
interesting or significant items relating to America's past.
Avalon Project at the Yale Law School: Documents
in Law, History, and Diplomacy http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/avalon.htm
The project contains digital documents relevant to the fields
of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government
from pre-18th Century to current.
A Chronology of US Historical Documents http://www.law.ou.edu/hist/
US historical documents arranged from pre-colonial era to present.
Digital History http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/
Provides learning and teaching resources from online textbook,
primary sources, ethnic voices to special topics and reference
materials on all periods of United States History.
Eighteenth-Century Studies http://eserver.org/18th/
Covers archives works of the eighteenth century from the perspectives
of literary and cultural studies. Novels, plays, memoirs, treatises
and poems of the period are kept here (in some cases, influential
texts from before 1700 or after 1800 as well), along with modern
History Matters http://historymatters.gmu.edu/browse/wwwhistory/
A highly regarded gateway to web resources as well as a repository
of unique teaching materials, first-person primary documents,
and guides to analyzing historical evidence for students and teachers
of American history.
Lives, the Biography Resource - http://amillionlives.com/
Extensive, annotated directory of links to sites that focus
on the lives of individuals or groups of people, worthwhile collections
of links to other biographical resources, primary biographical
source material such as images, diaries, memoirs, correspondence,
interviews, oral histories, etc., and good biographical dictionaries.
There are special pages featuring African Americans, Women, U.S.
Civil War, Holocaust Survivors and Rescuers, and Canadians. In
addition there are indexes by collections, professions, eras,
regions, and criticism, as well as by individual.
Making of America http://moa.umdl.umich.edu/
Making of America (MOA) is a digital library of primary sources
in American social history from the antebellum period through
reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject
areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion,
and science and technology. The collection currently contains
approximately 8,500 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th
century imprints. The project represents a major collaborative
endeavor in preservation and electronic access to historical texts.
Nineteenth Century Documents Project http://www.furman.edu/~benson/docs/
When completed this collection will include accurate transcriptions
of many important and representative primary texts from nineteenth
century American history, with special emphasis on those sources
that shed light on sectional conflict and transformations in regional
Project Gutenberg http://www.promo.net/pg/
The Project contains free eBooks or etexts. There are more than
10.000 eBooks in the present collection. Most of these eBooks
are older literary works that are in the public domain in the
United States. All may be freely downloaded and read, and redistributed
for non-commercial use.
Repositories of Primary Sources http://www.uidaho.edu/special-collections/Other.Repositories.html
This site contains links to over 3,400 Web sites describing holdings
of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs,
and other primary sources for the research scholar.Access is by
region or by an alphabetical index of state, province, or country.
U.S. Founding Documents http://www.law.emory.edu/FEDERAL/federalist/
A collection of federalists' essays.
GENERAL PRIMARY SOURCES - WORLD
Selected transcriptions, facsimiles, translations from Western
In the First Person http://www.alexanderstreet7.com/firp/
Index to Letters, Diaries, Oral Histories, and Personal Narratives.
EyeWitness to History http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/
History Through the Eyes of Those who Lived it. Eyewitness
accounts organized by date starting with Ancient Greece.
German Propoganda Archive http://www.calvin.edu/academic/cas/gpa/
Propaganda was central to Nazi Germany and the German Democratic
Republic. The Web site includes both propaganda itself and material
produced for the guidance of propagandists.
Hanover Historical Texts Project http://history.hanover.edu/project.html
A working-in-progress project covers documents from ancient Greece
to the 20th Century.
Internet Medieval Sourcebook http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/sbook.html
A collection of documents, maps, images, and music for Medieval
Middle East Peace Process Documents http://www.mideastweb.org/history.htm
It covers Israel and Palestine, Middle East historical and peace
process source documents.
Perseus Digital Library http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/
Digital library of resources for the study of the ancient world.
Originally begun with coverage of the Archaic and Classical Greek
world, has now expanded to Latin text and tools, Renaissance materials,
and Papyri. Contains hundreds of texts by the major ancient authors
and lexica and morphological databases and catalog entries for
over 2,800 vases, sculptures, coins, buildings, and sites, including
over 13,000 photographs of such objects.
United Nations Treaty Collection http://untreaty.un.org/English/treaty.asp
A collection of treaties and international agreements registered
or filed and recorded with and published by the Secretariat since
World History Sources http://chnm.gmu.edu/whm/searchwhm.php
Reflects three approaches central to current world history scholarship:
an emphasis on comparative issues rather than civilizations in
isolation; a focus on contacts among different societies and the
economic, social, and cultural consequences of those contacts;
and an attentiveness to “global” forces that transcend individual
societies or even societies in mutual contact—forces such as technology
diffusion, migration, disease transmission, extension and realignments
of trade routes, or missionary outreach.
Documents from the Continental Congress and the
Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789
The Continental Congress Broadside Collection (253 titles) and
the Constitutional Convention Broadside Collection (21 titles)
contain 274 documents relating to the work of Congress and the
drafting and ratification of the Constitution. Items include extracts
of the journals of Congress, resolutions, proclamations, committee
reports, treaties, and early printed versions of the United States
Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. Most broadsides
are one page in length; others range from 1 to 28 pages. A number
of these items contain manuscript annotations not recorded elsewhere
that offer insight into the delicate process of creating consensus.
In many cases, multiple copies bearing manuscript annotations
are available to compare and contrast.
FedWorld/FLITE U.S. Supreme Court Decisions
Full text of Supreme Court Decisions issued between 1937 and 1975.
Foreign Governments: Constitutions, Laws and
Founders' Constitution http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/
A collection of thoughts, opinions, and arguments of the Founders
Landmark Supreme Court Cases http://www.landmarkcases.org/
It covers landmark Supreme Court cases including a full range
of resources and activities to support the teaching and learning
of landmark Supreme Court cases.
From the Library
Web's Database page, select LexisNexis. Full text opinions
of all Supreme Court cases since 1790 and all state cases. In
addition, all dispositions of cases that were appealed to the
Supreme Court are included. (CSULA electronic database, login
From the Library
Web's Database page, select Westlaw Campus. Full text
opinions of all Supreme Court cases since 1790 and all state cases.
In addition, it provides access to West's vast collection of statutes,
case law materials, public records, and other legal resources,
along with current news articles and business information. (CSULA
electronic database, login required).
American Rhetoric: Online Speech Bank http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speechbank.htm
THE ONLINE SPEECH BANK is an index to and growing database of
5000+ full text, audio and video (streaming) versions of public
speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews,
other recorded media events, and more.
Douglass--Archives of American Public Address
Douglass is an electronic archive of American oratory and related
documents. It is intended to serve general scholarship and courses
in American rhetorical history at Northwestern University.
Historical Voices http://www.historicalvoices.org/
A fully searchable database of spoken word collections spanning
the 20th century.
History Channel: Speeches http://www.historychannel.com/speeches/index.html
A collection of speeches is drawn from the most famous broadcasts
and recordings of the twentieth century.
Link Library (of personal experience pages)
An archive of primary source materials. Includes first-hand information
as well as oral history resources and art projects based on people's
Oral History Online! - http://www.tei-c.org/Applications/oh01.xml
These are the topics and some of the interviewees: Suffragists
(Alice Paul), Disabled Persons Independence Movement (Hale
Zukas); Health Care, Science, and Technology (Barbara Honeyman
Heath Roll); University History Series (Arleigh Williams);
University of California Black Alumni Series (Lionel Wilson);
and the Earl Warren Oral History Project (Edmund G. Brown,
Sr.). The searchable transcriptions are from the Bancroft Library
at the University of California, Berkeley.
Talking History http://www.talkinghistory.org
A collection of audio documentaries, speeches, debates, oral histories,
conference sessions, commentaries, archival audio sources, and
other aural history resources as is available anywhere.
RECORDS AND GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS
NARA 100 Milestone Documents http://www.ourdocuments.gov/content.php?page=milestone
A list of 100 milestone documents, compiled by the National Archives
and Records Administration, and drawn primarily from its nationwide
holdings. The documents chronicle United States history from 1776
Core Documents of U.S Democracy http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/locators/coredocs/index.html
A core group of current and historical Government publications
define our democratic society.
National Archives and Records Administration
Find holdings by federal government organization, media, location,
United States Historical Census Data http://fisher.lib.virginia.edu/census/
The data presented here describe the people and the economy
of the US for each state and county from 1790 to 1960.
U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates 1774-1873
A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation consists of a linked set
of published congressional records of the United States of America
from the Continental Congress through the 43rd Congress, 1774-1875.
MATERIALS (Cartoons, images, movies, posters, photographs,
Ad Access Database (advertisements) http://scriptorium.lib.duke.edu/adaccess/browse.html
The Ad*Access project consists of five main subject categories:
Beauty and Hygiene, Radio, Television, Transportation, and World
War II from 1911 to 1957.
America from the Great Depression to World War II
55,000 black and white (more coming) and 1600 color photographs
from the Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information
collection have been digitized. Includes scenes of rural and small-town
life, migrant labor, the effects of the Great Depression, and
mobilization for World War II. Part of the American Memory
series from Library of Congress.
America's First Look into the Camera http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/daghtml/daghome.html
Subtitled Daguerreotype Portraits and Views, 1839 - 1864,
this site is a searchable and browsable collection of more than
650 photographs taken between 1839 and 1864. The majority are
portraits taken by the Mathew Brady studio. There are also photographic
views of buildings and monuments in the Washington-Baltimore area
and street scenes in Philadelphia. Part of American Memory from
the Library of Congress.
America in Caricature 1765-1865 http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly/cartoon/cartoons.html
The caricatures depict times of turbulence in American history
and range in date from the Revolutionary War to the War of 1812
and to the presidential elections of 1860 and 1864.
American Landscape and Architectural Design, 1850-1920
This searchable or browsable "collection of approximately
2800 lantern slides represents an historical view of American
buildings and landscapes built during the period 1850-1920."
It includes the work of Frederick Law Olmstead, designer of New
York's Central Park. It also contains "views of cities, specific
buildings, parks, estates and gardens, including a complete history
of Boston's Park System." There are images of plans, maps,
and models. From the Library of Congress' American Memory Project.
American Posters of World War I http://www.library.georgetown.edu/dept/speccoll/amposter.htm
American Posters of World War One from the collection of Roger
Baldy Editorial Cartoon Database: 1946-82, 1997 http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/baldy.html
A digital database with approximately 2,500 cartoons from the
By the People, For the People http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/wpaposters/wpahome.html
Subtitled Posters from the WPA, 1936-1943, this searchable
site contains over 900 posters from Franklin Delano Roosevelt's
New Deal. Search by keyword or browse by subject or creator. Full
descriptive information is provided. Created in silk-screen, lithograph,
and woodcut mediums, they were "designed to publicize health
and safety programs; cultural programs including art exhibitions,
theatrical, and musical performances; travel and tourism; educational
programs; and community activities in seventeen states and the
District of Columbia." From the Library of Congress'
American Memory Project.
By Popular Demand (Presidential portraits) http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/odmdhtml/preshome.html
A set of 156 portraits of presidents and first ladies
Emergence of Advertising in America http://scriptorium.lib.duke.edu/eaa/
The Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850 - 1920 (EAA) presents
over 9,000 images, with database information, relating to the
early history of advertising in the United States. The materials,
drawn from the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections
Library at Duke University, provide a significant and informative
perspective on the early evolution of this most ubiquitous feature
of modern American business and culture.
Images of American Political History http://teachpol.tcnj.edu/amer_pol_hist/
A collection of over 500 public domain images of American Political
Internet Movie Database http://us.imdb.com/
The most comprehensive movie database on or off the Internet.
It covers over 250,000 movies, video, TV movies and TV shows,
500,000 actors, and 50,000 directors. Information includes filmographies
for all professions in the industry; plot summaries; character
names; movie ratings; running times; trivia; quotes etc. You can
find a list of historical movies by using Browse--Facts &
Trivia--Titles by year
New York Public Library Digital Library http://digital.nypl.org/
A collection of over 337,000 images from primary sources and printed
rarities including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage
posters, rare prints, photographs, illustrated books, and printed
New York Times photos and graphics